Osprey Magic

There is nothing halfway about Ospreys.


Their intensity, their bonds, their passion… inspire me.

Working on the photo album for this season, so many more amazing images to come soon!  😉

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Red-Tailed Magic from Above

I had the nicest surprise yesterday morning.

And all I needed to do, was look UP!


Driving through Harwich Port, I spotted two Red-Tailed Hawks perched way up high on the church steeple.

I’d seen Red-Tails there at Pilgrim Congregational Church earlier in the summer, so it’s a habit to always check the spot when I drive through Port.


And today was the day I got treated to them once again.

The sun was warm; its early morning rays providing the perfect backlighting for the pair.


I could see their feathers, some individually, blowing gently in the sea breeze; so soft, so elegant.


And as I walked around the church, if I hadn’t known better I’d have thought the two of them were not even aware of my presence.


But I do know better.

Red-Taileds see everything.

While one of them was busy scanning the environment, looking this way…


And then that.


The other was as intensely occupied with some preening.


And I don’t mean just a little preening…


I mean, a whole lot of preening!   😉


But make no mistake about it, even when Red-Taileds are grooming or eating or hunting, they still notice everything.


When I see them gazing around their world, I know they are watchful; waiting for something to move, something that might even be tasty.


My, I sure was glad to see the two of them again, to know that they are both alive and well.


And as I turned to look upward one more time at the pair…


I said a “Thank you!” to them both.

For because of them, my Labor Day celebrations had already begun!!  😉

Late Summer Flowers at Crocker Nurseries

Sharing just some of the beauty I saw at Crocker Nurseries the other day while in search of butterflies.

A stunning red hibiscus, waving at me along a green rail fence.


And one of my all-time favorite plants, sedums…


In all shapes and sizes.


And cone flowers, with their happy little faces, were everywhere!



It sure looked like an autumn color palette to me.

Which after our summer heat and humidity, made me sigh in anticipation…   ❤

Charmed by a Monarch

I spotted this charming Monarch over at Crocker Nurseries in Brewster the other day.


It took me a while to catch up with her, as she flitted from blossom to blossom.

Never having attempted butterflies, I felt a bit “all thumbs” learning how best to capture her without disturbing.

So I was over the MOON when she landed to rest on this pretty cone flower.

The orange and purple of the flower were the perfect color palette for her beautiful wings…


Especially when she unfolded them to let the sun shine through like stained glass windows.


Of course I thanked her profusely for her patience…


And as she flitted away I told her to have safe travels and that I hoped to meet her again someday!